Sunday, July 12

Audio Review: Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Broken Open

The Hurley Boys, #2
Lauren Dane

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Recorded Books
Narrator: Kate Turnbull
Date of Publication: November 25, 2014
Abridged or Unabridged: Unabridged
Length of Production: 9 hrs and 49 mins

Available at the following retailers:
Amazon     Audible   Downpour

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood’s life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she’s finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex …

Then she met him. Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn’t the man of Tuesday’s dreams. He’s a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It’s primal. It’s insatiable. And it won’t be satisfied until they’re both consumed, body and soul.
I have been waiting, not-so-patiently, for this to arrive. (It took an entire month!!) I had really enjoyed the first book, The Best Kind of Trouble, so I was super excited this one would be about Tuesday and Ezra. Their roles as Bestie and Older Brother helped define them in book one, but now I wanted to really get who they are directly from them.

Let's start with Tuesday. First off, awesome name. Secondly. she had a spirit that just didn't quit. She has been a widow for 5 years, losing her husband to cancer. She's artistic,quirky, a great friend, and oh yeah, and a woman of color. This wasn't a story about an interracial relationship. This was a romance between two individuals. Were there race issues that cropped up? Some, but it wasn't those issues that were the main conflict in the story.

Now Ezra. Oh, now Ezra has some issues.  As a former heroin addict, once upon a time, he had crashed and burned. But Ezra has rebuilt his life and his relationships with his family. But he has worked very hard at creating balance in his life and is terrified that something will upset his careful constructed new life. He, of course, doesn't think/know he's terrified, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

Since family is a big part of how Ezra defines himself, we get to see more of the Hurley's. But we also get to spend a bit of time with Tuesday's family as well. Tuesday's momma had me grinning right away. I can totally see a spin off of the Easton family happening, and I would totally read it. :)

Kate Turnbull gave another great performance. I was a bit worried with the change in lead characters if it would affect how the story went. But no worries. There maintained a distinctive difference in the voices, so I had no problem figuring out who said what.

I couldn't stop listening to this and had my headphones every chance I could. It definitely didn't feel almost 10 hours long. I even stayed longer than I meant to on the elliptical I was enjoying this listen so much. I am giving it 5 stars.

Thank you to Audiobook Jukebox and Recorded Books for the opportunity to listen to and review this book.


  1. I felt the same way about this, that it wasn't so much a interracial romance just more a story of two people trying to overcome their pasts and make a relationship work


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